Arconada in 1981
|Full name||Luis Miguel Arconada Etxarri|
|Date of birth||26 June 1954|
|Place of birth||San Sebastián, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Arconada was born in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa. Aged 16, he joined local giants Real Sociedad's youth ranks, going on to play there his entire career and being known as "El pulpo" (Octopus in English).
After two seasons backing up Urruti, Arconada became the club's undisputed starter. He was instrumental in back-to-back La Liga titles, which led – after the second – to a semifinal run in the European Cup.
Arconada was seriously injured in 1985–86's league opener, which caused him to miss the remainder of the campaign and the 1986 FIFA World Cup. He still returned strong for three more seasons, helping Real Sociedad to two consecutive Copa del Rey finals before retiring at 35, with a total of 414 appearances (551 overall); after that, he remained apart from the football world.
On 27 March 1977, Arconada played his first game for Spain, a 1–1 friendly with Hungary in Alicante, replacing Real Madrid's Miguel Ángel for the second half. Having captained the nation on many occasions, he represented it at the 1978 and 1982 FIFA World Cups, as well as at UEFA Euro 1980 and 1984; in the latter competition, his blunder resulted in the opening goal for hosts France, in a 0–2 final defeat: he appeared to have smothered a free-kick from Michel Platini under his chest in a diving save, but he fumbled the ball, which slid off under his body and rolled slowly into the net; despite his reputation as a world-class goalkeeper, several years later he was still widely remembered for the error, known as "Arconada's goal" in Spain.
Arconada's last game was a 0–3 defeat in Wales for the 1986 World Cup qualifiers. A severe cruciate ligament injury while playing for Real ousted him from the final stages, being replaced by fellow Basque Andoni Zubizarreta.
During the ceremony following Spain's victory in Euro 2008, third-choice Andrés Palop wore Arconada's original Euro 84 final shirt as he received the gold medal from Platini, now president of UEFA. Arconada also represented his native country at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, where Spain was eliminated in the first round.
Style of play
Arconada was known for his leadership, bravery and consistency, and was regarded as one of the best Spanish goalkeepers of all time. His athleticism, speed, shot-stopping ability, reflexes, footwork and acrobatic style served as an inspiration to Iker Casillas.
Arconada's younger brother, Gonzalo, never played professional football, but had an extensive coaching career, mainly in the third division. For a few months in early 2006, he coached Real Sociedad's first team.
- Real Sociedad
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- "Leyendas de la Real Sociedad – Arconada" [Real Sociedad legends – Arconada] (in Spanish). El Diario Vasco. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- Luis Miguel Arconada Echarri – International Matches; at RSSSF
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- "Arconada, nuevo numero uno del fútbol español" [Arconada, new number one of Spanish football] (in Spanish). El País. 22 March 1980. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
- "Arconada vuelve a los entrenamientos" [Arconada returns to training] (in Spanish). El País. 29 January 1986. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
- Platini fires France to victory; UEFA.com, 4 October 2003
- "1984: Los 'bleus' se coronan tras el error de Arconada" [1984: ‘Bleus’ crowned after Arconada's mistake] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 13 April 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
- Vanni Spinella (6 June 2016). "EuroStorie: 1984, la "papera" di Arconada" [EuroStories: 1984, Arconada's "error"] (in Italian). Sky Sport. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
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- "Gales, espectacular y potente, goleó a España" [Gales, spectacular and powerful, routed Spain] (in Spanish). El País. 1 May 1985. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
- Arconada alucinó con el gesto de Palop (Arconada went crazy with Palop's gesture); Mundo Deportivo, 2 July 2008 (in Spanish)
- Alfredo Rodríguez (24 March 2015). "Casillas carrying the torch for his fellow keepers". UEFA.com. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- Lucas Brown (28 March 2007). "Spanish legends salute Casillas". UEFA.com. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- "Real Sociedad '81: la Liga conquistata allo scadere" [Real Sociedad '81: the League captured in the final minutes] (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
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- Guillem Balagué (5 February 2010). "Casillas names his top ten No1s". UEFA.org. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- "Luis Arconada saludó a Gonzalo sobre el césped" [Luis Arconada greeted Gonzalo on the pitch] (in Spanish). El Diario Vasco. 14 October 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2016.